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Mark Twain


Born
in Florida, Missouri, The United States
November 30, 1835

Died
April 21, 1910

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrat
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“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
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Polls

May 2016 Revisit the Shelf Reread

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages, 1985
 
  41 votes, 17.7%

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages, 1960
 
  40 votes, 17.2%

Emma by Jane Austen, 474 pages, 1815
 
  22 votes, 9.5%

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages, 1980
 
  20 votes, 8.6%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  20 votes, 8.6%

 
  18 votes, 7.8%

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 320 pages, 1719
 
  17 votes, 7.3%

 
  16 votes, 6.9%

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages, 1899
 
  14 votes, 6.0%

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages, 1878
 
  10 votes, 4.3%

 
  9 votes, 3.9%

 
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